The Evening Gazette has this evening given some hope to Middlesbrough fans after what has been an awful deadline day for the North East club.
With Middlesbrough still needing to strengthen across the pitch before the transfer and loan window slammed shut, Boro fans were expecting a fair few incomings on deadline day, especially with all the names Boro had been linked with.
Boro’s linked list going into #TransferDeadLineDay
Its going to be an exciting one! pic.twitter.com/Vilcie0oxb
— The Boro Breakdown (@Boro_Breakdown) August 8, 2018
However, the one only name that looked like signing for Boro today was Everton’s Mo Besic.
A fee of £6m was reportedly agreed by the two clubs but right into the last hour, the deal fell through.
Understand Middlesbrough had a bid of £6m accepted for Besic & personal terms were all but agreed, but agent fees caused the breakdown. Boro had multiple bids for Saville & Wallace rejected by Millwall. They still have until end of the month to bring in loans – Bolasie possible.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 9, 2018
Thankfully for Middlesbrough fans though, Boro could still land Besic and his club teammate Yannick Bolasie before the loan window shuts on the 31st of August, according to the Gazette.
Bolasie made his name in the lower leagues of English football.
He signed for Plymouth in July of 2008 and went on to play 52 games for them, in which he scored eight and assisted two.
Bolasie also enjoyed a spell at Barnet, playing 46 games, scoring five and assisting four.
The 29-year-old then signed for Bristol City in 2011 and played 25 games for them before signing for Crystal Palace in 2012 for a fee in the region of £576,000.
Bolasie played 144 games for Palace, in which he scored 13 and assisted 30 before his current club Everton signed him in 2016 for a fee of around £26 million.
A poor season
At the start of the 2017/18 season, Middlesbrough were one of the favourites to win automatic promotion.
This is hardly surprising given the players they kept hold of, the money they spent and the manager they had signed.
However, despite Gary Monk having a good 2016/17 season with Leeds, he was useless at Boro.
By Christmas Middlesbrough were not even close to a playoff spot, this was simply not good enough and as a result, Monk was replaced by Tony Pulis on Boxing day.
Pulis did his best to sort Monk’s mess out and did guide Boro to the playoffs. However, they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa over two legs.
So, Pulis has been using this summer to put his own touch on the Boro squad with Bolasie and Besic hopefully Boro’s fifth and sixth signings of the summer.